SpicyKale

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When were you last tested?

August 31 2020

This topic came up recently chatting to a new couple when they mentioned they'd never been tested and thought it wasn't something they could ask their regular GP. Coming out of winter and with covid restrictions lifting in some states it's the perfect time to find out your current status.

In Adelaide at least, we have clinic 275, it's attached to the Royal Adelaide Hospital. All they do day in and out it's std screening. No Medicare card needed, if you're really uncomfortable they don't even need your real name, it's just about getting people in higher risk populations like ours tested. It's a judgement free zone too, while taking my history last year and mentioning that my last encounter included a bi couple the female doctor asked when I'd last had sex with my wife... as a lot of us would answer, it was at the same time... the Dr's response was, "oh, nice!" Now, that's what you want to hear from your health care provider, not judgement.

In SA at least, Shine SA have a list of GP's that work with the LGBT community and are very used to this sort of thing and will give you quality judgement free care.

Those in other states, please add your recommendations on where to get judgement free lifestyle friendly testing and healthcare. Get tested before summer hits! Play safe with your friends folks😘

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  • MsJonesy

    26 days ago

    When I first read the topic, I thought you were referring to COVID testing 😆 Melbournites have a one track mind at the moment 😷

  • teamaj2

    26 days ago

    Spicy kale as always a good post . Such an important , not often spoken about topic .
    We do have STD clinics in Melbourne . Like most people , we are time poor and the clinics , from what I know are located in Melbourne CBD and Carlton . This is far from us and only open Monday thru to Friday . I stand to be corrected on this.
    In Melbourne we a spoilt for choice with Bulk Bill Medical Clinics . It’s a good option to seeing your regular GP , obviously free of charge with weekend and late night openings .
    Stay safe everyone .
    Ax

  • SpicyKale

    26 days ago

    @MsJonesy 😂 Might need to become part of the elevator speech! I don't know what surprised me more, the lack of trust in their GP, or the fact that they'd never had a test. Keep well down there😊

  • horneycouple5855

    26 days ago

    In Queensland North of Brisbane we are happy with Clinic 21 attached to the Nambour Hospital, confidential, non judgemental , and true specialist in their field.

    After Blood, urine and physical examination, we recieve a text a few days later saying " All tests were negative"
    Last visit they suggested we look at "Prep" on demand that is the day of play and a couple days later which is way more effective than condoms with the HIV risk for viginal sex.
    See:
    https://hivrisk.cdc.gov/risk-estimator-tool/#-~mb|rvi.prep

  • playfulminx

    25 days ago

    Testing is so important, even amongst couples who play 'safe' (I use quotations marks as condoms for penetration is only safe to one extent). I don't think bi-annual is necessary unless playing without condoms but an annual test puts minds at ease. There are good sexual health clinics in Perth (and mostly free) so not wanting to ask one's usual GP for a test isn't good enough a reason to not get tested IMHO.

  • teamaj2

    25 days ago

    I didn’t answer part of the question , my apologies .
    For us , it would depend how active we had been with others . Condoms are a 100% must. So far this year no testing needed . I use my regular G.P. If I can’t see her I will use a BUlk bill clinic as I suggested .

  • SpicyKale

    25 days ago

    @teamaj2 Thanks lovelies! Though it might be a good time to bring a sometimes touchy subject up. It's not always a something to bring up with a family GP, I've heard of people being questioned as to why they need a HIV panel done when they're married🤷🏻‍♂️ It's good to know about the options!

  • SpicyKale

    25 days ago

    @horneycouple5855 It sounds exactly the same as the clinic I mentioned in the op, it's good to know other states do the same! Have as further dig around on prep on demand, last I heard on demand only works for guys. I believe it takes thirty days to be effective in vaginal tissue, but research might have changed.... I'm not in healthcare by the way, so ask the question next test maybe? Great info on Queensland guys!

  • SpicyKale

    25 days ago

    @playfulminx Safer sex, rather than safe sex, you're so on the money there... Getting tested six months apart as a couple isn't a silly option in the lifestyle, double that if you're really active. That way you're effectivity getting tested every three or six months, a bit different for the singles. A lot of things don't have symptoms, especially for the guys and are easily passed on through oral, which very few seem to use protection for, us included admittedly. Agreed, lots of testing options out there, it's good to get the message out in a non preachy way.... thanks!

  • SpicyKale

    25 days ago

    @teamaj2 We're similar, it depends on how active. I've been going to that clinic for 25 years, so I'm comfortable there. My previous GP, I'd have been fine with, not so sure about the current one. Same with condom use too, but as I mentioned earlier very few of us use them for oral, so the risk is still present. Thank guys😘

  • ReyandJean

    25 days ago

    An advantage of attending clinics such as Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (apart from anonymity) is that are so experienced in sexual health because they see so many people each day. The nurses are super professional and the experience is painless. But you do need to dedicate a couple hours on a weekday to your visit.

  • SpicyKale

    25 days ago

    @ReyandJean So true guys, it's definitely been my experience in Adelaide. With covid the Adelaide clinic it's by booking only, no walk-ups. So much easier, I hope it stays that way going forward

  • SpicyKale

    25 days ago

    In Adelaide at least, a number of doctors that have worked at clinic 275 have gone out into private practice specialising in sexual health. Both clinic 275 and Shine SA have a list of those for people that prefer not to use the walk up clinic and make appointments. As ReyandJean said there’s something to be said for seeing someone that does this all day, every day. You'd be scared if you knew how little time new doctors spend on sexual health at uni, finding someone that's passionate about it helps.

  • menmish

    25 days ago

    Hi guys,
    Great post and amazing the number of people that don't get tested.
    Be aware that with current covid restrictions Clinic 275 is only checking people with active std symptoms therefore a regular 3 monthly check needs to be through a gp or as suggested by Spicey via one of the Shine listed gp's.
    Clinic 275 can be found on Facebook under Adelaide Sexual Health Centre.

  • boxestotick

    25 days ago

    Good to finally see a post about STI testing.

  • SpicyKale

    24 days ago

    @menmish Hey guys, thanks! That's good to know, their triage requirements change a bit, even outside of covid. I was in there at the start of June and didn't have issues getting in, sometimes it pays to ring them. I'm reasonably sure they'll see those of us in the LGBT community at any time. Keep well!

  • Deedee121

    24 days ago

    Hubby and I regularly get tested to which it’s become a habit now. We do it around every 4 months or so. When I go in all I say is that I have multiple sexual partners and would like to get tests done. Have not had any issues at all

  • Funclassycpl

    23 days ago

    Always between different partners so the potential people we are playing with can see our results and know we are health conscious

  • SpicyKale

    23 days ago

    @Funclassycpl Damn, that's above and beyond guys! I don't think many of us would be tested that frequently, hats off to you👌 Some on here would need a blood transfusion if they were tested that often😂

  • menmish

    22 days ago

    @SpicyKale Adelaide Sexual Health Service is currently reducing non-essential, non-urgent activity across all its services in efforts to relieve pressure on the health system and to reduce the spread of COVID.
    Adelaide Sexual Health Service is now appointment only.
    While we are now able to provide services to people who do not have any symptoms of an STI, please be sure to check our website to ensure you are in one of our priority groups. If not your local GP can help with your STI testing needs.
    Dated 04/09/20

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